Sponsorship Worldaware Business Awards

Sponsoring a Worldaware Business Award

Currently there are no plans to re-launch the Worldaware Business Awards. Other Sponsor Opportunities do exist and if there is a particularly keen sponsor we are open to discuss this.

Since 1989, the Worldaware Business Awards Scheme has served its sponsors well, providing the opportunity to build upon their organisation's corporate social responsibility and corporate citizenship programmes. This well regarded scheme, offers its sponsors the opportunity to join Worldaware in highlighting the contribution to which commercial enterprise has been making to sustained economic and social progress in developing nations. Over the years, the Awards have recognised over 100 companies, institutions and non-governmental organisations for their contribution to the development of poorer countries through innovative and sustainable commercial activity.

Through the Awards our sponsors are able to promote best practice and demonstrate overseas the need to incorporate social considerations into decision taking. The Awards provide inspiration to others to harness sustainable development as a goal of business worldwide, by providing models and spreading the understanding of business and trade in the developing world.

Sponsor recognition and promotion

Sponsor involvement

Sponsors are invited to nominate one assessor, and, at the presentation ceremony, introduce the winner of their category and hand over the trophy for presentation.

Choosing an award to sponsor

Between four and seven categories have been open each year. For 2005 the categories will be drawn from:

Operation of the Scheme

In April, companies and other eligible organisations are invited to apply for the Awards. Invitation is publicised through direct mail, through our website, through sponsor networks, through the British Council and British High Commissions and Embassies abroad, and through the foreign diplomatic community in London. The Institute of Export, Chambers of Commerce, CBI and Trade Associations also assist with promotion. The closing date for entries is 13 August 2004.

Entries received are scrutinised by a panel of three assessors for each category, one nominated by the sponsor and one by Worldaware, with the third being a mutually agreed 'independent' person with relevant expert experience for the category. The assessors for each category, after gathering any further evidence they consider necessary, draw up a short list of candidates to be put to the panel of Judges, which for the last few years has been chaired by Lord Cairns and, more recently, Dr DeAnne Julius.

The Judges meet, usually in November, to make the final decision on the winners of each Award category. Winners receive a Worldaware Award trophy and their stories are fully written up in an attractive brochure, along with those of all short-listed entries.

The Awards ceremony takes place in the following January at a prestigious London venue. The Awards ceremony takes place in the following January at a prestigious London venue. A prominent dignitary is invited to present the Awards, and to deliver a keynote speech. In past years the guest presenters have included HRH The Princess Royal, various Secretaries of State, the Commonwealth Secretary-General and the broadcaster Jon Snow. A wide range of media, including national and relevant overseas press, is invited, with opportunity for interviews and other publicity.